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Wanting to build a Botia modesta Tank...

Posted By: Cindy Andrie <candrie@canada.com>
Date: Friday, 8 March 2002, at 1:29 a.m.

Hi All!

I'm wanting to build a Botia modesta tank, and I am looking for some imput. My husband (Gareth) and I have recently gotten back into Aquariums! It's a hobby we both loved before we found each other, and love it even more togeather...

Anyways, I digress...

As you may or may not have read in some of Gareth's posts, we have our feature tank witch has 5 feature clowns, 4 bala sharks, a blue gourami, and a pleco (this is going to be our 135 gallon baby in a few months, this has also been the tank causing us alot of trouble, but what we wont do for those lovable clowns). We also have a 10 gallon tiger barb tank, a 7.5 gallon africian frog tank, and a "herb tank" (click on link below for more info and pics). We are also planing to have a 45 gallon Lake malawi ciclid tank, and a 35 gallon planted tank (these 2 are currently being used as transition tanks for our "boreno" clown tank).

On top of this, I get my desk tank... which is going ot be 20 gallons. I would like to make a tank built around the Botia modesta. Idealy with some day fish, some night fish (like the Botia modesta itself).

I know the Botia modesta are really picky fish with attitudes (or so I have heard), so I have made an alternate plan: 1 (M) Red Tailed Black Shark - Epalzeorhynchus bicolor 2 (A) Albino Rainbow Shark - Epalzeorhynchus frenatus 1 (M) Dwarf Gourami - Colisa lalia 1 (M) Paradise Fish - Macropodus opercularis 6 (2M 4F)Orange/Black SwordTails - Xiphophorus helleri

What I want to know is this: Can I reasonable do a 20 gallon Botia modesta feature tank? What make good tank mates? And what should the sex and numbers of these guys be?

Thanks for your time all!



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